VUFind, version 1.1 or so

I believe I have just finished upgrading the production version of VUFind -- the software driving the "Catholic Portal" -- to version RC3107 which is somewhere between version 1.1 and 1.2. This upgrade addresses at least a couple of usability issues, specifically:

  1. wording in regards the linking of online finding aids
  2. toggling the check box associated with filters

With this version there are also quite a number of additional records in the underlying index -- around 280,000. This is because the finding aids (EAD files) have been indexed more completely.

Next steps include:

  • turning on Google site maps to facilitate better SEO (search engine optimization)
  • installing version 1.2 in the "sandbox" environment
  • implementing the results of other CRRA member usability studies
  • figuring out how to speed up the indexing process
  • figuring out how to check for valid MARC records and thus paving the way for better automated updating.

Wish us luck.

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